You don’t need to stay chilly to lower your heating bills.
As you probably already know, The BOLD Company has made the commitment to construct 100% of our homes to Energy Star Standards, and have been building Energy Star homes since 2001. We also have the expertise to certify your home through the NAHB National Green Building Certification Program. This is something that we are very proud of and take very seriously.
So we are the first to point out that as temperatures drop, home heating bills often go up.
In today’s blog we wanted to explore some ways to reduce winter fuel costs range that range from simple, inexpensive changes to major home modifications.
Here are some simple tips to stay comfortable and keep costs down this winter:
Don’t just set it and forget it: Strategically adjusting the thermostat by hand yourself or by installing a programmable thermostat to do it automatically on a schedule you choose. This simple task can keep your house cozy when it counts and save energy in between!
Think in segments: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it pays to think in eight-hour segments. You can save as much as 1 percent on your fuel bill for each eight hours you set the thermostat back one degree. That means that if you set your thermostat back each night from 70° to 65° while you sleep, you could add a blanket to your bed and save as much as 5% on your heating costs.
The same holds true if you are out of the house at work for eight or more hours of the day. Keeping the house 10° or even as much as 15° lower when no one is home could result in significant savings. At the end of your work day, you’ll walk in to a house that’s been saving energy all day but has returned to your comfort level.
Reduce Air Leaks
Sealing air leaks in a home: An average household can cut 10 percent of their monthly energy bill by sealing air leaks in their home. We recommend that you use caulk to seal any cracks or small openings on non-moving surfaces such as where window frames meet the house structure.
Don’t forget to check your weatherstripping in exterior door frames and replace any that is deteriorated or cracked.
Sealing windows and doors will help, but the worst culprits are utility cut-throughs for pipes. Gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets are also culprits.
Ductwork is an often overlooked source of leakage. Warm air may be seeping out of gaps that developed in the ducts. If your home is heated by forced air, examine the ductwork and use duct sealant or metal-backed tape. Also check registers and grills to make sure they are tightly sealed to ducts.
The best way to know what reduces your home’s energy consumption is to hire an energy auditor. They evaluate your home and identify all the inefficiencies. It will save you money over the long run.
In addition to showing where to tape, caulk and seal, the audit may suggest more improvements. These may require a significant investment and a professional to address. Adding attic insulation, upgrading appliances and high-performance windows help lower bills.
Looking for professional help with your energy efficiency needs? Please give us a call today 1-859-657-6700.